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The latest early childhood news!
 

In this issue, the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign tells Federal MPs, ‘Don't fudge early learning’. An evidence summary report has been released which explores interventions for children in out-of-home care and the new Mandatory Reporting Guide is now available. A variety of resources are also available to the early childhood sector: the Foundations for Success interactive resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pedagogy and practice; a new toolkit developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission which aims to encourage respect for cultural diversity; a range of new information sheets from the Australia Children's Education and Care Quality Authority; and CREATE Foundation's resource kit on transitioning from care. Around the states, Queensland's Remote Kindergarten Pilot program will be expanding in 2017; the Victorian Labor Government has invested heavily in the early childhood sector; further support has been committed for expectant parents in the ACT; and Tasmania's Legislative Council has provided in-principle support to allow access to Prep and Kindergarten six months earlier. In other news around Australia, the Australian Council of Social Service appeal to senators to ‘stop the cuts’ on family payments and nominations are open for the 2017 Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards.

Jump down to find out what the various ECA teams and projects have been up to and the new resources available for the early childhood sector.


 
 

 
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‘Fudge-tastic!’—tell your own MP, ‘Don't fudge early learning’
 

All our Federal MPs have received their colourful box of fudge from the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign saying, ‘Don't fudge early learning’—Senator Claire Moore has even coined a new word: Fudge-tastic. Make and send your own Fudge-tastic message to your local State and Federal MPs—click here and follow the steps.

Or you can click here to help us cover the cost of our fudge deliveries.

See what Tanya Plibersek, Senator Claire Moore, Anne Aly, Larissa Waters and other parliamentarians have posted on Facebook and Twitter: @EarlyEdBenefits #EveryoneBenefits or #DontFudgeEarlyLearning.


 
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Foundations for Success
 
The Foundations for Success website provides a unique insight into pedagogy and practice, building on the culture, language and strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and community. The website provide interactive resources including the Foundations for Success poster set.
 

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A toolkit for belonging
 

A new comprehensive toolkit, Building Belonging, has been developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission to help encourage respect for cultural diversity in early childhood settings. Its focus is also on changing prejudicial attitudes or behaviours from parents and other educators, as well as from children.

 

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Quality practice
 
A range of information sheets linking to the standards and elements of the National Quality Standard has been produced by the Australia Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. These sheets offer practical strategies to support early childhood services and provide references to contemporary research.
 

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Children living in poverty
 

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has released a new report showing that 731 300 children in Australia are living in poverty. ACOSS hopes that this alarming increase in child poverty should act as an urgent appeal to senators to reject further cuts to family payments.

 

 

Mandatory Reporting Guide
 
A new Mandatory Reporting Guide (MRG) is now available to access via the ChildStory Reporter website. The MRG's new look and design features improved resources to better support mandatory reporters responding to child protection concerns. For further information email: MRGFeedback@facs.nsw.gov.au.
 

 

Maintaining cultural connections
 
Family is key to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, so maintaining this connection to family promotes strong ties that can support children during their transition from care. CREATE Foundation has recently developed a resource kit, Go Your Own Way, which provides important insight into the experiences of transitioning from care and the main issues of concern.
 

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A boost for rural communities
 
Following the success of the Remote Kindergarten Pilot program in Queensland, the Palaszczuk Government has announced it will be expanding the program from the start of the 2017 school year. This commitment means even more rural and remote Queensland families will have universal access to kindergarten.
 

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Make your nomination!
 
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards, which recognises individuals, teams/groups or services that provide outstanding education and care to young children. Nominations close 10 March 2017.
 

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Evidence summary
 
A report, Evidence review: Analysis of the evidence for out-of-home care, has been released by the Parenting Research Centre and the University of Melbourne, which draws on a rapid evidence assessment undertaken in 2013, and explores interventions for children in out-of-home care.
 

 

New jobs for better outcomes

 

In Victoria, the Andrews Labor Government has invested heavily in the early childhood sector, with around 900 new positions created since the introduction of improved child-to-educator ratios on 1 January 2016. Other investments include building new children's facilities such as play equipment and landscaping.

 
 

Improved healthcare for ACT parents
 

More health services and increased support for new and expectant Canberra mums and dads has been announced as a long-term plan for ACT Labor. Around $150 million has already been committed to expand infrastructure and services, including providing more clinicians to the existing perinatal mental health consultation.
 
 

Reforms to Tasmanian education system
 

Tasmania's Legislative Council has given in-principle support to allow access to Prep and Kindergarten six months earlier. As part of their in-principle agreement, the Legislative Council has also agreed to the proposal to develop an Implementation Plan which addresses concerns about the potential impact on the early child care sector and on the Tasmanian families who use these services. For further information, click here to access a factsheet from the ECA Tasmania Branch.
 
 
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Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

Education for sustainability
 
What does sustainability really mean, and how can educators build sustainability within early childhood education and care services? Our latest module ‘Education for sustainability’ will be released on Friday 4 November and looks at ways educators and families can promote sustainability within both their service and their community.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

It's Children's Week—help our children thrive
 
Check out and share our fabulous tips to support children's learning and development during Children's Week. Each day the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits Facebook and Twitter pages will share inspirational and informative tips for educators and parents.

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@EarlyEdBenefits #EarlyLearning #EveryoneBenefits

 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

KidsMatter professional learning
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood professional learning caters for a variety of people working in early childhood services and takes into account educators’ different levels of qualifications and experience, as well as varying group composition and size.

Find more information about the ways to get involved here.

 

Early Childhood Australia Reconciliation Symposium
 

Conference News
 

The next issue will have ‘Save the dates’ for our 3rd ECA Reconciliation Symposium to be held in early 2017.

Join the ECA Conference News mailing list to receive updates and other information about the 2018 National Conference and other ECA events as it becomes available.

 

Start Early
 

Positions available: ECA Publications Committee
 
ECA is seeking to fill two positions on the ECA Publications Committee. Expressions of interest are invited for the roles of ECA Publications Editor and Member of the ECA Publications Committee. Expressions of interest will close on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
 

Early Years Connect
 

Free modules
 
Learn online with the free Early Years Connect modules. The modules have been designed to be easy to use and contain text-based information, videos, activities, assessments and opportunities for self-reflection to help you learn more about inclusion. They are available to all educators based in Queensland. To begin, simply register on our online learning portal.
 

 
To view upcoming early childhood events and professional development opportunities, click here to visit the ECA events page.
 
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ECA WebWatch—Issue 247, October 2016.
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